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For immediate release - January 31, 2012

MPO Horizon Awards to recognize excellence

THE VILLAGES — The Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Board installs a new slate of officers today with a formal ceremony that also includes the fifth annual Lake~Sumter MPO Horizon Awards.  The 6 p.m. installation ceremony and awards dinner follow the 4 p.m. regular business meeting of the regional transportation planning board. 
 
The meeting and awards dinner are hosted at the Savannah Center within The Villages in Sumter County.  Seminole County Commissioner Bob Dallari, who is also chairman of the three- county MPO MetroPlan Orlando, will present the keynote address.
 
The MPO  Annual Horizon Awards have the purpose of encouraging and recognizing excellence in planning, partnership and public service.
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2011 Horizon Award Winners and Honorable mentions are as follows:
 
Keep Lake Moving:
The nomination-based award recognizes a Lake County project that furthers the transportation goals of the community and of the MPO. Candidate projects may be in areas of Growth Management, Public Works, Public Transportation or Administration. Candidate projects may include physical improvements, provision of transportation services, capital projects, land or right-of-way acquisition, approved studies or designs, updates to comprehensive plans or land development regulations and intergovernmental coordination.
 
1             Construction of Hooks Street, Phase 4B - Lake County Public Works
Honorable Mentions:
2              Lake Apopka North Shore Restoration Trailhead and Overlook – Lake County Parks & Trails
3              Lake County Enterprise Zone, Lake County Growth Management
4              Remote Permitting Initiative – Lake County Growth Management
 
Keep Sumter Moving:
The nomination-based award recognizes a Sumter County project that furthers the transportation goals of the community and of the MPO. Candidate projects may be in areas of Growth Management, Public Works, Public Transportation or Administration. Candidate projects may include physical improvements, provision of transportation services, capital projects, land or right-of-way acquisition, approved studies or designs, updates to comprehensive plans or land development regulations and intergovernmental coordination.
 
1             Pavement Management Program –Sumter County Public Works
Honorable Mentions:
2              Sumter County Transit – Efficient Operations
3              Bradley Arnold for Performance and Operations
 
Small Municipality:
The nomination-based award recognizes a local project that furthers the transportation goals of the community and of the MPO. Candidate projects may include physical improvements, provision of transportation services, capital projects, land or right-of-way acquisition, approved studies or designs, updates to comprehensive plans or land development regulations and intergovernmental coordination.  Eligible Cities include:  Astatula, Fr. Park, Howey, Mascotte, Montverde, Umatilla, Wildwood, Bushnell, Center Hill, Coleman, Webster
 
1             City of Mascotte – Commitment of Transit Funds
Honorable Mentions:
2              Webster – Scenic Sumter Heritage Byway
3              Umatilla – SR 19 & CR 452 Intersection Improvements
4              Howey-in-the-Hills – Planning Efforts SR 19
 
Large Municipality:
The nomination-based award recognizes a local project that furthers the transportation goals of the community and of the MPO. Candidate projects may include physical improvements, provision of transportation services, capital projects, land or right-of-way acquisition, approved studies or designs, updates to comprehensive plans or land development regulations and intergovernmental coordination.  Eligible cities include:  Clermont, Minneola, Leesburg, Lady Lake, Tavares, Eustis, Mount Dora, and Groveland.
 
1             City of Minneola – Completion of US 27 Park & Ride Facility
Honorable Mentions:
2              Town of Lady Lake – Participation in Safe Routes to School Program
3              Eustis Downtown Stormwater Project
4              Mount Dora Tremain Street Greenway
 
Exemplary Planning Project:
Eligibility is extended to all of our member governments. The nomination-based award recognizes a project that supports the multi-modal policies of the MPO. Candidate projects can be public or private. Highest consideration will be given to projects already constructed however, phased projects moving toward construction will be considered.
 
1             SR 50 Multi-Modal Corridor Study -FDOT D5 & South Lake Chamber of Commerce
Honorable Mentions:
2              BPAC for the Safe School Access Transportation Study
3              Florida Energy & Aerospace Technology Park/ City of Leesburg
 
Exemplary Planning Policy:
Eligibility is extended to all of our member governments. The nomination-based award recognizes an action with regard to comprehensive planning policy that supports the multi-modal policies of the MPO. Candidate policies that tie transportation with land use, community design and economic development will be given the highest consideration.
 
1             Envision Mount Dora – (Mayor Robert Thielhelm)
Honorable Mentions:        
2              Lake County Enterprise Zones, Lake County Growth Management Department
3              Lake County TDP Minor Update, LC Public Transportation Department
4              Bushnell Comp Plan Rewrite – City of Bushnell
 
Regional Partner:
MPO staff selected from various regional transportation partners, which include governmental entities and transportation agencies. The award is be based upon the strongest demonstration of partnership in furthering the goals and plans of the MPO.
1                    Sumter County Chamber of Commerce and Chamber Alliance of Lake County
Honorable Mentions:
2              FDOT D5 – for Support on US 441 Alternatives Analysis, Orange Blossom Express
3              Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, Coordination on interchange planning – Minneola and The             Villages
Volunteer of the Year:
MPO staff selected from the various committees and boards of the MPO the individual who has demonstrated the greatest commitment of time and energy to the goals and plans of the MPO.
1        Dick Lastowka – for his consistent efforts on CAC
Honorable Mentions: 
2.  Rick Dunkel  for his efforts with Greenways and Trails and representation on BPAC
3.  Egor Emery for his consistent representation on BPAC
4.  Bill Calhoun for his attendance at other MPO meetings as well as CAC
 
Leadership:
MPO staff selected from the various committees, agencies, community and service groups  and boards of our region the individual who has demonstrated the greatest commitment of time and energy to the goals and plans of the MPO.

Jennifer Hill, Lake County Board of County Commissioners

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